The Izakaya at Momotaro

4.8
430 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
The Izakaya at Momotaro is reopening for service on Wednesday March 3rd!

The Izakaya is located on the subterranean level of Momotaro. The Izakaya and its shared-plates pub-inspired menu echoes the Yokocho street scene of Tokyo. Narrow lounge-inspired ‘alleys’ around a central bar bedecked with hand-painted Japanese menus, moody neon lights, and vintage Tokyo street signs set the scene for the Izakaya’s direct nod to Tokyo’s most famous post-war black markets. Dark, energetic, and ripe with expectation, the Izakaya additionally offers a 30-seat bar featuring crafted cocktails, sakes, and a quality selection of Japanese whiskeys.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 430 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Kitchen was very slow - our main courses took over an hour and when the A5 cup noodle arrived, the noodles were very overcooked. Server was very nice and apologetic and offered to take it off our bill.

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vipYNTY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was extremely helpful with helping on what to order. Great vibe.

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NiniD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambience, service, and food were great. Everything was delicious and the vibe of the izakaya was so nice and chill. Service was also excellent and our server did a great job concealing if she was annoyed at our incessant picture taking and even took a few for us which was appreciated

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MichaelK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch service with amazing vibe. Food is inventive & sushi is on point.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible time at the Izakaya! One of our favorite spots in Chicago. Recommend going here for all the great flights of Sake, Japanese Whiskey and overall pleasurable time. Staff is amazing and the decor is divine. Great place, good food and amazing drinks.

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Kevin
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I decided to go solo and sit at the bar at Izakaya eating sushi and drinking Japanize Whiskey. The food is always amazing, the drinks perfect. I highly recommend giving them a try.

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SadaoO
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vibe was amazing, it took me back to visiting an Izakaya when I lived in Japan. A dope experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Awesome customer service from the hosts, bartenders and servers. Different yet tasty menu. I’ll definitely be back🎉

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WilK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t eat here. Not because it isn’t absolutely fantastic, but because I don’t want it to keep being so tough to get a table.

Seriously, this is probably my 2nd favorite izakaya in the US. Would be here nightly of I lived in Chicago

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vipAdina
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quality of food and kindness of servers was tremendous

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GeekyA
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem, great ambience and service, food was nicely portioned and seemed well worth the money. Would like to see more selection for non alcoholic drinks! Definitely returning :)

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NicoleW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had a wonderful time celebrating our anniversary...thank you for a delicious and memorable evening!

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vipILoveDCFood
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and spot for speciality Japanese. Cannot wait to be back! ♥️

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Some basic things were not met… the servers never cleared our plates,m between courses, odd things took a long time (like cocktails came out way before wine), but very nice ambience

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AlixL
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots in Chicago. Highly recommend!

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kmgiffin
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very nice and the food was delicious. It was my birthday and I thought it was so cute how everyone who we interacted with wished me a good one. Have been here before but will definitely be coming back.

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JudithG
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food at Izikaya was extraordinary, truly the highest level of Japanese cuisine. The Kama was succulent and delicious, the best I’ve ever tasted. The selection and preparation are unmatched in any Japanese restaurant I have known. The service was attentive and responsive. My only criticism was the loud pip music. It was quite distracting.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the ambiance and food.

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vipSaloniB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and drinks but quite pricey! The dessert is a must!

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HectorG
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The downstairs bar, Izakaya, was great. Quiet, perfect for a date.

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vipNatalieH
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive staff and lots of fun options on the menu! Really fun atmosphere, same great quality as the upstairs.

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ErinK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful celebratory meal here. Intimate enough for a date night but social enough that you still feel like you’re out in the world. The food was phenomenal and the service was better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The lower level had a horribly foul basement smell that the restaurant tried to cover with industrial cleaners that only made it worse. Nauseating

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an incredible meal at The Izakaya. Every aspect was perfect, delicious and creative. Cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough!

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vipGeorgeM
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding waiter. He made recommendations that we all loved.
This was our first time. We will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food!

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Brianna
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, service, and food! Perfect date night spot. Can't wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night and service

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AmyC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Incredible sushi, amazing cocktails. Service was outstanding and the ambiance is so cool. I am not a dessert person, but we tried this blondie dessert with miso whip cream and a banana ice cream that will change your life! Highly recommend a night out at the Izakaya.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always our favorite restaurant to dine in 💕

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AmyT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Freezing cold. Why do women need to constantly suffer temperatures set to negative degrees in the summer? In a lower level, cold temps are the worst - it reminded me of a cold basement. Other than than that, the service/servers & food were impeccable.

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FrancoC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of dishes! Outstanding service and attention from all the staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was too salty.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and I love the design of the restaurant.

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Cecilia
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricey but worthy! Food was great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience overall - love the ambiance

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Chase17
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall3food1service1ambience4

Food was very bad. Many dishes tasted fishy. Waitress forgot 3 different dishes. Delivery was incredibly slow as well.

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DomC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become one of my top favorite spots. Everything was simply outstanding. Our experience was even more enhanced by our server David. He's one of the best servers I've had. We truly appreciate him.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Hostess not very friendly, sat us at inferior tables saying it was booked but the whole time we were there the tables were empty. Otherwise usually a favorite

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy, cute and delicious!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Izakaya at Momotaro using the Order Online button. The Izakaya at Momotaro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 733-4818.

The Izakaya at Momotaro is rated 4.8 stars by 430 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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